Let me preface what I’m about to say by clarifying that I don’t just wear work boots. I’m a man of many tastes and flavors, and these dogs will slip inside any shoes that I think look good or feel nice—Vans Originals, Italian loafers, some fancy wingtips and, yes, even flip flops on occasion.
But people tend to believe that boots are seasonal. Unless there’s three feet of snow on the ground or the temperatures are sub-freezing, there’s no need for boots.
I’m here to tell you that those people are ludicrous. Here’s why.
1. Work boots are practical.
Before I get to how you can pull off boots all year, let me first answer the “why?” of it all. Why would I opt for hot, sweaty, heavy work boots in the hottest months of the year? Personally, I’m a working man. I’m always out helping friends with their yard work, or laying under cars and bikes in a garage somewhere. Boots are comfortable for long days on my feet, and they’re protective and keep me ready for literally anything. And when styled appropriately, I don’t look out of place anywhere with them on.
2. The right boots are comfortable in all weather conditions.
It’s important to note that different boots handle different weather differently. I definitely wouldn’t be caught out here in June with some big, lunky, insulated snow boots, but that’s not to say that a pair of standard leather Red Wings, or Thorogood American Heritages or even Doc Marten low-cut Cabrillos wouldn’t do well in all conditions without looking awkward. The right boots will breathe and won’t get funked up by sweaty foot odor. Even then, insoles are truly miraculous things.
3. It’s all about styling, anyway.
Wearing boots in warmer weather can definitely be done well, but so much of it depends on the outfit that comes along with it. I’d stay away from shorts if you’re going to be rocking boots, but that’s just a personal style thing. Lighter-colored leather is generally a better choice than darker stuff, and try to avoid boot-cut or relaxed jeans. If you want to do it right, wear straight-leg denim that’s still loose enough to fit over the boots, but not wide enough to make you appear sloppy. Fitted cargo pants like Dickies or Dockers are also an option, but definitely opt for lighter shades—beiges, browns, grays, et cetera. That’ll assure you look as good as you feel.